Dr. Subhash Basu, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry, will embark on a speaking tour of India on Tuesday to discuss his current research on potential new anti-cancer drugs. Basu will make his second appearance at the International Cancer Research Symposium on Dec. 19 in Calcutta when he gives a lecture titled “Probable New Therapeutic Drugs for Breast and Colon Cancers.” “The invitation to this symposium is very prestigious. Sixty people from all over the world are going to Calcutta,” he said. “I will tell them what our plan is for the delivery of these new anti-cancer drugs.” Basu’s lecture tour will also include an appearance at the Indian Science Congress on Jan. 4, where he will discuss the apoptotic, or cell-killing, effects of the drugs he is working with his collaborators to develop. “Our work is important, and we get an invitation every year to speak at these sorts of things,” he said. Basu said he and his research team have discovered five to six different new anti-cancer compounds that would be useful for treating colon and breast cancer patients. “These chemicals are quite toxic to biological cells and they kill cancer cells by enhancing apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in a very micro amount,” he said. Now that these cancer-killing compounds have been discovered, Basu said the main goal of his work is to determine ways to deliver the drugs into patients at the location of the cancer without harming the healthy cells around the cancerous ones. “Cancer cells normally die of necrosis – they make holes in themselves,” he said. “When apoptosis happens, the cell gets bigger and its DNA starts degrading until the cell cannot function.” Basu said about 50,000 women die of breast cancer in the United States each year, so his research could impact thousands of lives in the future. “Chemotherapy could be improved by our procedure by giving patients micro doses of drugs so they don’t kill the normal cells,” he said. “Thus, the success of these apoptotic chemicals as anti-cancer drugs depends on their proper delivery to the cancer sites.” To facilitate and fund his research in this area, Basu founded the Cancer Drug Delivery Research Foundation (CDDRF) in 2010, of which he serves as president. The foundation received its first major source of support when the University transferred all of Basu’s recoupment to CDDRF in May, he said. “All this recoupment was brought in by me from federal grants and other sources during my time at the University,” Basu said. “This foundation is tax-exempt and will help only for my research, so any patent money we get can go into the research as well.” Basu said his status as a permanently appointed emeritus professor gave him the freedom to move his lab from campus to a currently undetermined site near campus. “The University said I would have to give half of whatever I bring in to Notre Dame if I continue to work in a lab here,” he said. “It becomes cheaper for me to run my lab outside because I can use 100 percent of my money for research.” Since joining the faculty at Notre Dame in 1970, Basu has received major grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute.
By Sharon Omahen University of Georgia The NSF reported agricultural research and development dollars expended through UGA in 2005 at a bit less than $92 million. Agricultural research funding remains strong at the University of Georgia. The university was ranked No. 4 in the nation in research funding by the National Science Foundation. “Add to this what I believe to be the leading extension and 4-H programs in the U.S. and improving and growing academic programs in Athens, Griffin and Tifton, Ga.,” Angle said, “and we clearly have much to be proud of.” The NSF defines agricultural science to include such disciplines as agricultural production, agronomy, animal science, fish and wildlife, forestry, plant science, soil science and others. The agency recently released its nationwide ranking of programs. UGA came in fourth behind the University of Florida, University of California at Davis and Purdue University. “This report highlights the fact that the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia is one of the leading agricultural research institutions in the nation,” said J. Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. “Our faculty, staff and students are committed to excellence,” Angle said. “And this report demonstrates and affirms what many of us already know.”
pic.twitter.com/jBMf6g81Y9— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) August 12, 2020The NFL is preparing to return amid the pandemic, although a number of players from around the league have opted out of 2020 due to the crisis.The NBA returned in a ‘bubble’ in Orlando, but MLB has played home-and-away games and seen its schedule hit by a number of confirmed cases once the season was under way that prompted postponements.. Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn had coronavirus, it was revealed in HBO’s Hard Knocks: Los Angeles.The latest episode of the behind-the-scenes documentary series aired on Tuesday night, focusing on the Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams. It included footage of a video call between Lynn and his team in which he announced he had previously contracted COVID-19.”This year is not like any year we’ve ever had in the National Football League,” Lynn said.”I can’t promise you you’re not going to get infected. I got infected.”